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Meth-addicted Collinsville man gets 3 years for fraudulent purchases worth thousands

Jeffrey Brown, 36, of Collinsville, was accused of stealing mail out of mailboxes, including information that included names, dates of birth and Social Security cards
Jeffrey Brown, 36, of Collinsville, was accused of stealing mail out of mailboxes, including information that included names, dates of birth and Social Security cards AP / Illustration

A Collinsville man will serve three years in federal prison for mail fraud and identity theft.

Jeffrey Brown, 36, of Collinsville, was accused of stealing mail out of mailboxes, including information that included names, dates of birth and Social Security cards. Brown, who was working with another person, then used the information to apply for and obtain credit cards, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He used the cards to make purchases and ship the items to his home. He would then pawn the items.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Brown was addicted to methamphetamine and cocaine, and also had a gambling addiction.

Brown was convicted of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and aggravated identity theft. He was sentenced Tuesday to 36 months in federal prison, and was ordered to pay $19,505.17 in restitution. Upon his release from prison, he will serve two years of probation.

Investigating agencies included the Collinsville Police Department, Postal Inspection Service, Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Secret Service.

Elizabeth Donald: 618-239-2507, @BNDedonald

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